Can we convince a duck to be a foster mom?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by HallFamilyFarm, Oct 12, 2010.

  1. Yes

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  2. No

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  3. Maybe

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  4. See my comment below:

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  1. HallFamilyFarm

    HallFamilyFarm APA ETL#195

    Jan 25, 2010
    Monticello, Arkansas
    We have 18 Exhibition quality Buff Ducklings arriving this Thursday. My wife sent this email to me a few minutes ago:

    Do you think one of the females would adopt them? We could put a mama duck in the white house with them so they could get that oil etc. and be taken care of when they are let out. let me think about it. I'm thinking we could bring up a wire cage, insulate it with cardboard, put it on the porch with a buff mama and watch carefully for a while to be sure she will take them.

    The Buff Ducks we have are young, started laying about a month ago. One...we don't know who... built a nest and left two eggs in it before we relocated them to a new pasture. (We seeded the old pasture yesterday with a winter mix). What are your thoughts on a foster mom for these ducklings.

    We also have some Muscovy Ducks. One "adopted" some ducklings that a Cochin bantam hatched. Of course, they were her eggs the bantam hatched.​
  2. if she's been broody, you might do okay, if not, no way.

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